Update on PC Leadership

My keyboard is faster than google.
Toronto Wind Action TWA is keeping an eye on the PC leadership race. They have printed a reply fromChristine Elliot to a questionnaire from TWA members:
Christine Elliot on Green Energy.
Ms Elliot states:
First, I will repeal the Green Energy Act. (I was wrong to suggest otherwise).
Second, I will impose an immediate moratorium (Me wrong again).
Third, I will examine each existing wind and solar contracts (Good!, not a commitment to cancel but a good start).
Fourth, I would amend laws and regulations to restore the power of local
communities
(The lady knows her stuff and understands the issue).
Fifth, I would enshrine the independence and autonomy of the Independent
Electricity System Operator (IESO)
(absolutely necessary).
Sixth, my energy and environmental policy would not include a carbon tax or a
cap and trade system.
(no brainer)
I won’t try to use energy policy to solve every social, political, economic or
environmental policy in Ontario
(perfect).

I don’t think any leadership candidate would quibble with any of these points.
I’m not picking a winner, but I misjudged Christine Elliot rather too hastily.

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BEWARE the Ont. PC’s and Their Bearing Gifts

Christine Elliot, Ontario PC leadership candidate, Feb.11 debate in Ottawa, as reported by Toronto Sun:

“I’m a little concerned with your position in regards to the wind turbines,” Elliott said to McNaughton. “We have to remember that Ontario is an international jurisdiction for other businesses to look at. To decommission all the wind turbines and scrap all the contracts sends a very bad signal to businesses across the world. We need to attract businesses in Ontario and not cause them to look at other jurisdictions.”

Elliot is clearly a liberal Conservative tied to the status quo and urban voters. She does not understand rural Ontario and the impact of Turbines on the life, land and property of rural and agricultural residents and voters. The bad signal she fears would go ONLY to wind turbine developers, and not to other investors (whose side is she on?). Once it is clear that GREEN Energy is a shibboleth in Ontario that provides excess energy at inflated and tax subsidized costs that DISCOURAGES investment, investors will be more comfortable putting their cash into the province when they know its government spends its money wisely by controlling its costs.  And not running down the rabbit holes of the latest scientific fraud..

The only investors looking to other jurisdictions will be Greed Energy developers. Be wary of any PC leader not tuned in to voters outside the GTA.

Government “Charity” Slush Fund

Ontario Charities give to other Charities©Parker Gallant at WCO.

The first annual report of Friends of the Greenbelt contained the following message:
“The physical area of the Greenbelt is enormous and the challenges inherent in pursuing our mission are significant. As such, we need to concentrate our resources over a short time period in order to achieve our ambitious goals and we intend to gift the $25 million endowment over a period of five years.”

Enabled by Tax Dollars.

I am sure the likes of Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club, and the others loved the fact that fund raising was made so much easier by having an entity focused on doling out $25 million of taxpayers’ money, and to see it replaced with another $20 million as soon as the first “endowment” was gone.

All the “charities” work to advance Ontario’s Liberal Greed Energy policies.  Suzuki, among others, is not a charity but a political lobby group. FOG, aptly named, compensated staff with over 1 million $$$ which represents over 50% of FOG’s (so aptly named) expenses.  Read Gallant’s Post at WCO.  You’ll be amazed, and sickened.

Walmart & Your Electricity Bill in Ontario

©Parker Gallant: Minister Bob Chiarelli maintains,
Walmart. Ontario’s electricity system is “exactly the same” as Walmart.
(…)
Ontario’s ratepayers might be much better off if Walmart really was running the electricity system in Ontario. At least Walmart isn’t continually running at a loss.

Close to Home

West Lincoln township officials have come up with a way to protect residents from IWT noise by reviewing local by-laws and those in other municipalities.

Plympton-Wyoming may have hit on a way of doing this:
“The Municipality of Plympton-Wyoming, near Sarnia, Ont., has passed a bylaw that requires an expert in decibel reading to deal with noise complaints. Should a noise exceed the allowable limits of the municipality’s noise bylaw, a fine can be applied. The municipality’s CAO confirmed to township staff they have a sound engineer on retainer to address complaints under the bylaw, should any occur.” [Grimsby Lincoln news] [OWR].

The Ontario Green Energy Act states that noise levels from Turbines cannot exceed 40dB. After reviewing the cost of noise inspections, West Lincoln Township is considering a by-law modelled on the one in Plympton-Wyoming which includes measurement of low frequency sound (infra-sound). A report back to Council on the matter should be forthcoming in the near future.

Wainfleet, next door to West Lincoln, presumably is listening, waiting and wanting the same thing.

Ontario Green Energy

…policy and law are the child of a failed and false myth called, Global Warming.  An Ontario premier and an Ontario Cabinet minister decided they wanted to leave a legacy, the one for posterity, the other for political advancement.  Both are gone, but what they have wrought is still here, still wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and costing people their health, their wealth and their wellbeing.

Lawrence Solomon writing in the Financial Post (Jan.09/15) makes his predictions for 2015: “The global warming enterprise provides one example. Since 2008, I have been predicting that the warmists, whose cause at root is based on faith and sustained by deceit, will fail to make the case that carbon represents a danger to the planet. Although the elites have mostly bought the deceits — all ultimately resting on jigged computer models — the masses mostly have not, as seen in public opinion polls throughout the world. The public’s rejection of the global warming orthodoxy then led politicians to slash subsidies to renewables and to scrap plans for carbon taxes. Political parties that high-handedly ignored the public by pushing global warming measures, such as Canada’s Liberal Party in 2008 and Australia’s Labour government in 2013, went down to crushing defeats.”
“As renewables lose momentum in 2015, fossil fuels will gain it. It can’t really be otherwise. If the glut we now see in oil and gas continues, the low prices that result will spur consumption. A rise in prices, on the other hand, would only further spur shale gas and oil development. Up or down, I predict, the environmental lobby loses the energy war, even if — should President Obama veto the Keystone XL Pipeline — it wins some battles.”

[also blogged by MAWT]

Thanks to this politically correct fiction of Global Warming, Ontario and its citizens continue to pay for the vanity of the original formulators of the province’s Green Energy illusions.

OntariOWE

Ontario Rings in the New Year with a 12 million dollar hangover [WindConcernsOntario]:
Once again Ontario’s oh so generous ratepayers, ushered in the New Year by treating our neighbours to some very cheap electricity. We were much nicer this January 1st than last year, as we exported a record 87,000 megawatt hours (MWh) at a bargain price. That sale generated revenue of about $275,000 to offset a small part of the costs to Ontario’s ratepayers. We exported 38,000 MWh more (+ 78%) than on January 1, 2014, and a year ago we generated $1,450,000 for the smaller number of MWh sold. Parker Gallant.
Happy New Year New York and Michigan:
In total, January 1, 2015′s generation cost Ontario’s ratepayers $7 million (net) for wind, another $400,000 for curtailed wind, about $1.2 million for steamed off nuclear, almost $1 million for “embedded” wind and solar and about $3 million for the Net Revenue Requirement for those idling gas plants.
©Parker Gallant,
January 2, 2015

Total cost to Ontario Taxpayers: $12.6 million

Turbine Hearing begins Friday

InPort News report by Allan Brenner

Parents and grandparents concerned about the potential impact large industrial wind turbines could have on children will have an opportunity to discuss those concerns during an Environmental Review Tribunal, starting Friday.

A preliminary hearing looking into plans of Niagara Region Wind Corp to build wind turbines in west Niagara communities begins at 10 a.m. at the Wellandport Community Centre.

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner launched the tribunal in response to an appeal by Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. filed Nov. 26, two weeks after the Ministry of the Environment granted renewable energy approval for the project.

The hearing will focus on community concerns about the project to build 77 wind turbines in the communities of West Lincoln, Lincoln, Wainfleet, Haldimand and on Region of Niagara property, with a total capacity of generating 230 megawatts of electricity.

Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she may stop in during the hearing depending on her schedule, since six of the wind turbines being proposed are planned for her community.

“Three (turbines) are going in the Wellandport area in the northwest, and another two or three will be down here along the lake on the Haldimand border.

“I’m sure there will be residents of Wainfleet attending,” Jeffs said, adding several members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines live in Wainfleet.

The organization says the turbines will be up to 135 metres tall, and the blades of which will have a diameter of 101 meters.

“These will be some of the largest turbines to ever be introduced so closely to people and their homes in North America,” the organization said in a media release.

The full hearing is scheduled to start Jan. 19.

Calls and e-mails to Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc., as well as Niagara Region Wind Corp. to discuss the hearing were not returned, Thursday.

allan.benner@sunmedia.ca

GOOGLE Says So…

Google engineers have concluded renewable energy production like wind and solar are a waste of time and resources [Quixote’s] as reported by Margaret Wente in the G&M:
But the fundamental problem with Big Wind is much bigger than its cost and unreliability. The problem is that today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us from the effects of climate change – and we’re wasting our time by trying.

If Google says so, it must be right (smile), but the MacWynne gov’t will keep on with this massive tax scam

[you may need a subscription to continue to the G&M article]

TV Turbine Report in Niagara Region

The Ongoing Controversy over Turbines continues, is the gist of this CHCH TV report [also blogged on OntWindResistance]. TV reporter, Lisa Hepfner tries to examine both sides of the issue in West Lincoln (which will soon be metal porcupine country with a total of 77 IWT’s). The IWT’s will stretch from West Lincoln to Wainfleet.
The reporter quotes residents who are being bombarded with noise & health issues. She also quotes OPA on the issue, whose spokesman tells what amounts to a duplicitous lie: Shawn Cronkwright, Ontario Power Authority: “With wind turbines, you have to pay to install the equipment, but after the equipment is installed the cost of the fuel is zero. Wind actually is a key piece of keeping prices lower in the entire portfolio.”
The zero cost of “fuel” is disingenuous, to say the least. There’s the huge cost of accessing that “fuel” paid for with tax dollars in the billions; there’s the huge cost of paying for the consumption of that “fuel”, and the huge cost of re-selling that excess “fuel” to other jurisdictions at a less than the cost of production. Then there are the hidden healthcare costs caused by the effects of that “fuel”, the transmission costs (hydro has to shut down to allow wind energy onto the Grid); the air pollution costs caused by the diesel engines needed to operate the turbines; and the costs of lost agricultural production from the industrialized land needed to erect these 60 story towers.
And let’s not even mention the slaughter of millions of flying creatures the earth needs to keep its balance.
Or the Charter Rights being breached by forced acceptance of turbine development. Or the loss of land value. Or increased carbon emissions.
Wind energy is not “free” or “clean” or “green”; these words are government and industry mantras aimed at deluding the public into thinking that the outmoded technology of wind is cutting edge. The edge has been dulled in Europe and the many countries that are abandoning it. Landowners who give their land over to the production of wind instead of crops will be disappointed when their “windfall” lasts much less than 20 years, when the landscape will be dotted with stopped and rusting turbines. But the thieves who run this scheme will have had their money and others will have left office.